Painting a Landscape

Hi! I just finished a painting and I’ve been photographing it along the way to share the process, as with some other art here on my blog. This one is the last in a series of four this shape. It started as a summer landscape with a different outdoor activity than snowboarding, but as I went along the painting was pushing for another direction so I went with it. I’ll try with the other idea next time.

First I primed the canvas, even though I bought it already primed. Just in case. I had the design sketched in my book so I just drew it on and then figured out (using pencils in my sketchbook) what my colour scheme would be. I like to stick to 3 colours or tints and shades of that colour.

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I work background to foreground, overlapping because it’s acrylic and dries quickly.
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This is the point where I realised it would become more of a winterscape, I think these foreground mountains look a bit like custard on Christmas puddings. Oh yum.
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Time for some life. I paint the trunks and work on the wiggly foliage one at a time.
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And add some more and the shadows and highlights.
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Lastly, I added the little snowboarder and then his mate, cheering him on. I positioned the snowboarder carefully so as to give him a good sense of movement and make sure he would be able to land the jump! Also some birdlife, powder and finish!

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Closer:
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You can view the painting over on my Redbubble as well as other landscape paintings in the series, one being up in my blog header.
Thanks for taking a look!
Sarah

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About Sarah Mac

31, artist, procrastinator, coffee drinker from Australia.
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